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How Much Does a Bulk Bag Unloader Cost?

Bulk bag unloaders are basically frames used for supporting and unloading FIBCs (bulk bags). In order to properly and safely lift and unload these bulk bags, there are many factors to consider in a piece of handling equipment or product buying decision. The exact options, features, and functional selections all contribute to the complete cost of a specific bulk bag unloader, which can range from $8,000 to upwards of $80,000, depending on the application’s needs and requirements.

So, how much does a bulk bag unloader actually cost? Here are some of the basic questions we will help you consider and resolve in order to obtain an accurate cost of what you can expect Bulk Bag Unloader | Hapman.comto pay for a bulk bag unloader:

  • How do you want to load the bulk bag into the frame – with a hoist and trolley or a forklift truck?
  • What is the size of the bulk bag (remember, there is no such thing as a “standard” size)?
  • What is the weight of the bulk bag?
  • Is the bulk bag a “one-trip” bag or is it reusable?
  • If the bulk bag is reusable, what is the bag spout dimension?
  • Do you require a frame design with carbon steel, stainless steel or a special finish?
  • Is dusting an issue in your facility?
  • Is the bulk material free-flowing or will flow aids be required?
  • Is it a batch system, where loss-in-weight is required?
  • Do you need to close the bags before they are empty?

These questions only scrape the surface of the complete list of details you must consider when specifying a bulk bag unloader. The intent of this list is to provide you with a general idea of the factors that can impact the final product cost of your handling equipment.

Now, with these questions in mind, let’s take a look at how they affect the overall cost of a bulk bag unloader:



Base Frame Cost Based Upon Loading Device: (Carbon Steel)

Forklift Truck
Hoist & Trolley


Hoist & Trolley: (Based upon bag weight)

1 ton
2 ton


Access Chamber & Iris Valve: (Based upon sprout size)



Adder for Stainless Steel:

Forklift Truck
Hoist & Trolley

Consult Factory

Dust Containment Required:

Integral Dust Collector


Flow Aid Required:

Agitation Paddles


Batch System:

Load Cells & Batch Controller


Bag to be Tied Before Empty:

Pinch Valve


Average Cost of a Bulk Bag Unloader

Depending on the components your application requires, you are looking at roughly a $25,000 to $30,000 spend on bulk bag unloaders.

Please note that the above cost should only be used as a reference, but it can provide an idea of the additional costs associated with options, features, and other operational needs and requirements. Click here to see the complete list of available options.

Features of Bulk Bag Unloaders

Hapman’s bulk bag unloaders have so many great features. Some of them include:

  • Robust frame designed for your specific bag size and application.
  • Custom-designed frames fit in tight spaces when you need to work around or straddle another piece of equipment or obstruction.
  • Pinch valve for retying bags
  • Untie boxes designed for your particular application
  • Integral bag dump station for manually dumping smaller bags/minor ingredients.
  • Pneumatic bag and side puncher bag agitation
  • Integral dust handling
  • Manual iris valves

Contact Hapman for More Information on Bulk Bag Unloaders

We hope that you find this information beneficial. We know that buying bulk bag unloaders for your company is no small decision. These systems don’t come at a low cost. With that in mind, we hope that this information can be used when it comes time to buy your own bulk bag unloader.

From dust containment to the amount of bulk materials that you have in each bulk bag, there are several different factors to consider when buying a bulk bag unloading system. When you and your company come to Hapman to request a quote on a bulk bag unloader, we will ask you plenty of questions throughout the buying process – and with good reason.

We want to make sure that we thoroughly understand your needs, requirements, and operating conditions so that we can provide the right product and ensure that the equipment quote is exactly what you need.

The information on this page was updated in February 2021. Please contact us to confirm specific costs related to your project or to request a quote.